Robert Davies (footballer, born 1863)

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Robert Davies
Personal information
Full name Robert Davies
Date of birth 1863
Place of birth Cefn Mawr, Wales
Date of death First World War
Playing position Wing half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1883–1886 Druids
Ardwick
Rossendale
National team
1885 Wales 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Robert "Bob" Davies (born 1863) was a Welsh footballer who played as a wing half for Druids in the 1880s and made one appearance for Wales in 1885.

Football career[edit]

Davies was born in Cefn Mawr, near Ruabon, and was the eldest of five brothers who played for Druids. Described as "a keen competitor and a tough tackler",[1] he helped Druids reach the final of the Welsh Cup in 1884, losing 1–0 to Oswestry White Stars after a replay.[2] The following year, the clubs met again in the final with Druids winning this time 3–1, again after a replay.[3]

He made his solitary international appearance against England in 1885. The match was played at Leamington Road, Blackburn on 14 March and ended in a 1–1 draw,[4] with the English performance described as "disappointing".[5]

After leaving the Druids in 1886, Davies moved to Manchester where he briefly played for Ardwick and later Rossendale.[1]

Career outside football[edit]

Davies was killed in action during the First World War.[1]

Family[edit]

Three of his brothers also played for Wales: Joe (7 appearances), Lloyd (16 appearances) and Thomas (4 appearances).[1]

Honours[edit]

Druids
  • Welsh Cup winners: 1885
  • Welsh Cup finalists: 1884

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Davies, Gareth; Garland, Ian (1991). Who's Who of Welsh International Soccer Players. Bridge Books. p. 42. ISBN 1-872424-11-2. 
  2. ^ "Oswestry White Stars 1 – 0 Druids". Welsh Cup Final 1884. Welsh Football Data Archive. 14 April 1884. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Druids 3 – 1 Oswestry White Stars". Welsh Cup Final 1885. Welsh Football Data Archive. 7 March 1885. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "England 1 Wales 1". Welsh Football Data Archive. 14 March 1885. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  5. ^ Gibbons, Philip (2001). Association Football in Victorian England – A History of the Game from 1863 to 1900. Upfront Publishing. p. 80. ISBN 1-84426-035-6. 

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